To mark National Reconciliation Week 2021, Council is hosting a free community screening of the critically acclaimed film In My Blood it Runs on Tuesday 1 June, 10:30am at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.
The film is an intimate look inside the world of a charismatic 10-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy Dujuan and his family. The documentary charts the challenges Dujuan faces, including prejudice in school and on the streets of Alice Springs.
In My Blood it Runs reveals the ways First Nations communities continue to negotiate colonial culture and keep their identities and cultures alive through self-determination, the revitalisation of languages and cultural practices. It is a side of Australia that many of us have never seen.
National Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May to 3 June. This year’s theme ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said National Reconciliation Week is important for the entire community.
“National Reconciliation Week is a time to build understanding and awareness of the issues that Aboriginal people continue to face in Australia and in our own community”.
“The first step toward meaningful change is listening to what First Nations people are saying and acknowledging the truth of our history. This is at the very heart of reconciliation,” he said.
Other activities to mark the week include a social media campaign from Cessnock Youth Centre and Outreach Service (CYCOS) profiling local young Aboriginal people and their achievements, and a series of children’s workshops at Cessnock City Library presented by Speaking in Colour.
The screening of In My Blood it Runs is free but bookings are essential. Book online on the CPAC website